Welcome to Second Grade!


My name is Ms. McDowell and I'm so excited to be your teacher this school year!


I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and graduated from Lindenwood University with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education.I am certified EC-4th grade and ESL. I have also completed my GT hours. This is my eighth year at Timber Creek Elementary. I love teaching second grade! I love how much the students grow! I taught preschool and pre-kindergarten at The Goddard School for two and a half years before coming to Timber Creek. I love to read and want to encourage lifelong reading in my classroom. We will read any chance we get!


Not only am I a teacher, but I am a mommy to two beautiful kids. Carson is eight and will be in Third Grade at Timber Creek this year!  Kendyl will be six in October and will be starting Kindergarten this year at our school. She is thrilled!  We love to explore different parks and play outside. I absolutely love being a mommy to these two kiddos. I am truly blessed. In my free time I love to read, craft, and catch up on Netflix shows. I also really enjoy spending time with my family and friends. Traveling is becoming a new hobby of mine. I love exploring new cities and learning about their histories. I can't wait to explore the world again!  


I look forward to getting to know you and your family this school year.

Contact information:

Email: bethanymcdowell@tomballisd.net

Phone: 281-357-3060 X4650



October 26-30

Week of October 26th

Red Ribbon Week

Monday- Wear a fun hat and crazy socks 

Tuesday - Western attire socks and boots

Wednesday - Wear your favorite sports team

Thursday - Wear pajamas and slippers

Friday - Dress up as your favorite book character

Reading:    We will begin our drama unit.  The students will need to understand the parts of a drama, the setting, the characters, plot and conflict and resolution.  This is what we have been working on with fiction books.  They will also be a group to perform a short play.  They will be given a script and expected to memorize their lines.  

Writing:    The students will learn about adjectives and how adjectives enhance our writing.  They will need to be able to add adjectives as well as identify them.  

Math:  We will revisit place value.  The students will learn to compose and decompose numbers to 500.  They also will need to be able to write a number that is 10 less/more or 100 less/more than a given number.  

Science: The students will continue with learning about liquids, solids and changes to physical properties.  They will have an assessment over these concepts.  

Social Studies:   Students will continue to learn about characteristics of good citizenship by historical figures. They will be able to use the notes we are taking in class for their assessment on Friday.  

It's going to be a great week!

Ms. McDowell

Week of October 19

Week of October 19

Reading:    We will review all that we have learned about fiction and students will create a project based on a fictional story. 

Writing:    We will learn about ending punctuation marks for complete sentences. We’ll also discuss writing interesting endings to our personal narratives. 

Math:    We will continue our unit on measurement and learn about area this week. 

Science:  We will learn that cutting, folding and sanding can change the physical position of materials.

Social Studies:   Students will learn about characteristics of good citizenship by historical figures. 

Week of October 12

Week of October 12

🍕 PTO Spirit Night: Crust Pizza all day, on October 14. 🍕

Reading:   We will continue determining the theme of stories as well as review character traits (internal and external) and plot.  The students will take an assessment to show their knowledge of conflict, resolution, theme, character traits and settings.  

Writing:   We will continue to write personal narratives and discuss that we use past tense verbs when writing about past events. 

Math:   This week, we will begin our Measurement Unit. Students will learn about standard and nonstandard measurement. 

Science: We will continue learning about matter and classify matter as solids and liquids.

Social Studies:  We will learn more about maps and students will create an original map of a town.

Week of October 5

This week we are learning:

Reading: The students will learn about theme-the moral or lesson of the story.  As a class we will discuss the story and the theme the author possibly intended.  Some themes we will talk about are kindness, honesty, perseverance, acceptance, cooperation and self confidence.  

Writing: The students will learn how to write a personal narrative about a small moment with a beginning, middle and end.  

Math: We will continue our addition and subtraction unit and take an assessment on Friday.  

Science: We will learn to read a thermometer and conclude our physical property unit.  The students will take an assessment on Thursday.  

Social Studies: This week the students will create a map of a made up city.  They will also create a map of the bedroom.  

Let's have a great week!

Ms. McDowell 

Week of September 28

Week of September 28

Scholastic: I love Scholastic book orders and I'm so excited that they are now doing shipping to your house! If you are interested in ordering, please do so by tomorrow. You can use our class code: HY62N to order. Please be sure to have it shipped to your house. 
Shop the flyers with your child: https://editions.mydigitalpublication.com/publication/?i=667327

Room mom: 

I am in need of TWO Room Parents this year. The PTO is requesting each class (Virtual and F2F) have TWO room parents.  Room Parent duties will help with communication between the teacher and class parents. They will help organize class parties, teachers gifts, etc. While parents are not allowed on campus at this time, restrictions may be lifted throughout the year, and room parents will need to be in place if that occurs.  If you are interested, please send your name, email and phone number to me and I will forward to Samantha Herington our PTO Vice President.  Thanks!!


Reading: We will continue our focus on story elements of fiction as well as identifying the internal and external traits of characters in stories. 

Writing: We will practice writing complete sentences and begin our unit on writing Personal Narratives. These are true stories about ourselves.

Math: We will learn addition and subtraction strategies up to 20. 

Science: We will classify matter by its physical properties including mass and volume. 

Social Studies: This week we will begin learning about maps and globes. 

Parent Orientation

Parents- please see the email that I sent out this afternoon for the links to my Parent Orientation videos. I also linked it in the Homeroom Section of Schoology. Have a great night!

September 21-25

Week of September 21

Please watch this video that Mrs. Thompson sent out for TVS parents and students about beginning of the year testing.


This week we are learning:

Reading:  The students will complete a story plot 4 square on their own.  We will then begin discussing internal and external character traits.  

Writing: We will continue talking about verbs.  We will then begin generating ideas for writing.  

Math: The students will be working on place value, greater than and less than, Showing numbers in different ways and odd and even numbers.

Science: The students will explore measurement with length and weight.

Social Studies:   The students will continue learning about what it takes to be a Good Citizen and learn the vocabulary: community, citizen, rules, choices, citizenship, and laws.


Have a great week!

Ms. McDowell

Week of September 14

Week of September 14

Happy Monday!

**Library time- even though we are online, we still get to enjoy library time. Mrs. Russell is working on library plans for our classroom. Our library day is Wednesdays from 12:30-1:00! On library days, I'll prerecord our writing lesson so that students will have access to that during their independent work time**

When working in Schoology-be sure to submit all work for grading. Thanks! 

Reading: We will learn about the elements of fiction including characters, setting, problem and solution. 

Writing: We will learn about nouns (including common and proper nouns) as well as verbs. 

Math: We will use standard, word and expanded forms to represent numbers up to 500. 

Science: We will wrap up our Science Safety unit and begin learning about the properties of matter. 

Social Studies:   We will learn about classroom expectations and get to know our classmates.